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  • Oct 19 / 2014
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Well done to those who entered the GB Open Karate Championships 2014

GB Open Karate Championships 2014 Squad

GB Open Karate Championships 2014 Squad

Well done to the squad who entered the GB Open karate Championships 2014. The team left with an impressive haul of three golds, one silver and one bronze medal. Lyndsay, Christie and Melissa won gold in the team kata, Joshua won the silver medal in the individual kata and Sue won bronze in the veterans kata.

  • Sep 08 / 2014
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Special congratulations on achieving your dan grade.

Melissa Daly's & Wayne Perkin's Shodan Presentation

Melissa Daly’s & Wayne Perkin’s Shodan Presentation

Special congratulations to Wayne Perkin and Melissa Daly on achieving the rank of 1st  dan (shodan) black belt. ,Wayne Perkin and Melissa Daly were presented with there certificates for shodan grading in a presntation at the Bartley Green dojo. Wayne was presented with a limited edition katana from the film the last samurai ,and a personalised black belt from his family, with young Jamie Perkin also receiving his personalised black belt. Well done to all of you.


  • May 12 / 2014
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Well Done Team BHSKC!


Team BHSKC at the Chase Wado Kai Staffordshire International Karate Championship

On Sunday 11th May 2014 a team of competitors from BHSKC entered the Chase Wado Kai Staffordshire International Karate Championship in which they had great success winning an impressive haul of medals in the kata tournament.

Category Competitor Medal
13 – 15 years boy’s 3rd Kyu and above, Shotokan only Daniel Eccles Bronze
16 years and above, female, Shotokan only 3rd kyu and above Lyndsay Daly Gold
16 years and above, male, Shotokan only 3rd Kyu and above Matt Russell Gold
Ian Edwards Silver
40 years plus, mixed, 3rd Kyu and above Austin Birks Gold
 Sue Hessian Bronze
Adult pairs, mixed, 3rd kyu and above Matt Russell & Daniel Eccles Gold
Lyndsay Daly & Christie Price Silver
Sue Hessian & Ian Edwards Bronze
Male Grand Champion Shotokan vs Wado, Two competitors only Matt Russell Gold
Female Grand Champion Shotokan vs Wado, Two competitors only Lyndsay Daly Silver
  • Feb 08 / 2014
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Articles, Courses

A review of the Kata and Bunkai Course with Shihan Cyril Cummins 8th dan and Sensei Slater Williams 7th dan

Saturday 8th February 2014

Bartley Green Community Leisure Centre

On Saturday 8th february 2014 Shihan Cyril Cummins 8th dan and Sensei Slater Williams 7th dan (Redditch Shotokan Karate) held a special kata and bunkai course. The course was well attended with a number of students from different clubs attending. After the introductions and warm up the class was split into two parts with Shihan Cummins initially taking the dan grades and Sensei Williams the kyu grades.

The black belts started with Shihan Cummins who taught the kata Unsu. He explained the name meant Cloud Defense and the myth behind the name. As he taught the kata to the count he stopped at points to explain the bunkai for particular movements and demonstrated the application of the techniques. We did the kata several times like this before Shihan Cummins gathered us all around so that students could ask questions about the kata and bunkai. We then split into pairs to perform he bunkai for the first few moves with Shihan Cummins moving around the groups to answer questions and offer advice on how to apply the techniques. This was very helpful as only a slight adjustment in how to perform a lock can be the difference between it being effective and ineffective. Finally we performed the kata again to a faster count as the class was now more familiar with the kata a couple of more times before it was time for the sensei to swap groups. During his session Shihan Cummins emphasised the importance of understanding the application and intent of the techniques in order to understand how to perform them correctly and thus achieve correct form. Shihan Cummins also pointed out that at advanced levels a lot of the blocks in kata should be interpreted as strikes. This interpretation in the bunkai can give a kata a vastly different feel.

Sensei Williams then took over the black belts after a brief break for water, first establishing how many people in the class knew the kata Kanku Sho and to what degree of familiarity. As everyone on the class had done it before to some degree he then proceeded to start to teach the kata. Sensei Williams emphasis was on the form of the kata and technique. He asked the class to slow everything down and really concentrate on fluid movements, especially in the first few moves where there is a tendency for people to jump rather than slide. He also stressed the importance of maintaining correct formal stances and using the hips and lower body correctly. This was illustrated in the first two oi-tsuki followed by uchi-ude-uki techniques where he emphasized the importance of the punch being an “ippon” technique and the correct use of hips for the block. Sensei Williams summed this approach up with the phrase “Technique First”. We then went through the kata to the count several times with Sensei Williams illustrating certain aspects at various points throughout the kata including the importance of relaxing in order to be able to use your whole body correctly when performing the techniques. The class then split into pairs to perform bunkai using various moves from the kata after a demonstration of these by Sensei Williams. Sensei Williams moved around the groups during this period explaining how to do the bunkai he had demonstrated. Whilst we were trying to do this we especially found the lock following the throw extremely hard to apply as we often ended up in the wrong position to apply that particular lock and so ended up applying another. Finally Sensei Williams called each rank of dan grade out to perform Kanku Sho after which he offered advice on how to improve.

Whilst I regularly train with Shihan Cummins this was the first time I had trained with Sensei Williams and so it was very interesting seeing another instructors perspective on the kata. Every sensei brings their own insights and observations into their teaching style along with slight variations of techniques depending on what they were taught and their interpretation of the technique so training with a different sensei like this can provide another perspective for your training. In this case I noticed the difference in emphasis to achieve the same goals between the two sensei. Shihan Cummins emphasis is on understanding the application of the technique to achieve the correct form and understand the kata and how to perform it. Sensei Williams emphasis was on the form of the technique to perform a correct kata. From the course and the different emphasis in teaching I get the impression that Shihan Cummins intrinsically links the bunkai with the kata whilst allowing for individual interpretations whilst Sensei Williams sees these as two more distinct aspects of the kata again allowing for individual interpretations of bunkai.

This was a very enjoyable course which gave me areas to think about in order to improve my kata further and I like many of the other attendees look forward to further courses in the future. I’d like to thank Shihan Cummins and Sensei Williams for arranging this course.

Richard Amuzu, 3rd Dan, BHSKC


  • Jan 06 / 2014
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Celebrating 50 Years of Karate

2014 is a very special year, as Shihan Cummins celebrates 50 years, half a century, of training. Shihan Cummins started karate in 1964, when it was virtually unheard of and unknown. Now, after all these years he has trained thousands of people around the world, many of whom have gone on to become black belts, many of whom have become regional, national, international and even world champions.

Fifty years on, Shihan Cummins has been awarded the rank of 8th Dan in recognition of his lifetime contribution to fostering and developing the art of Shotokan karate-do. Truly one of the pioneers of karate, he is one of a very select band of individuals who helped shape the standard of karate in the United Kingdom to be one of the very best in the world.

We wish Shihan Cummins our sincere congratulations and we look forward to training with him, as he gives the same passion and effort and energy to every class as he has done over all these years.

  • Oct 13 / 2013
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Autumn Championship 2013

Sunday 13th October 2013

Ippon Ken Karate Club,

Akeley Wood Senior School,

Akeley Wood, Buckingham, MK18 5AE


The Autumn Competition hosted by Sensei Kathy Dearden at Ippon Ken Karate Club. It was a great day out and a roaring success with competitors from BHSKC winning an impressive haul of medals on the day. Our thanks to the organisers and at Ippon Ken Karate, those who helped with the officiating and Sensei Cummins for the stellar work both leading up to today and on the day itself. The first pictures from the event can be found on our Flickr Photostream and the first batch of video on our YouTube Channel. with further photos and videos to follow soon.

The BHSKC Competitors with Shihan Cummins





Individual Kata, 6 years and under to 1st Kyu

1st – Kyle O’Flanagan (Ippon Ken)

2nd – Kieran Axtell (Ippon Ken)

3rd – Phoebe Bowman (Ippon Ken)

Individual Kata, 7-12 years to 4th Kyu

1st – Ben Thomas (Minikami Bushido)

2nd – Abi O’Flanagan (Ippon Ken)

3rd – Issy Hayes-Hamilton (Ippon Ken)

Individual Kata, 7-12 years, 3rd to 1st Kyu

1st – Jake Phipps (Birmingham and Halesowen)

2nd – Lucy Mo (Ippon Ken)

3rd – Millie Bannam (Minikami Bushido)

Individual Kata, 18 years+ to 4th Kyu

1st – Sophie Stoll (Birmingham and Halesowen)

2nd – Nigel Chaney (Ippon Ken)

3rd – Paula Axtell (Ippon Ken)

Individual Kata, 18 years+ 3rd to 1st Kyu

1st – Melissa Daly (Birmingham and Halesowen)

2nd – Yvonne Scalben (Birmingham and Halesowen)

Individual Kata 1st Kyu and Dan Grades 15 years and under

1st – Daniel Eccles (Birmingham and Halesowen)

2nd – Gabriel Hayes-Hamilton (Ippon Ken)

3rd – Caleb Stowe (Ippon Ken)

Individual Kata, Dan Grades 16 years+

1st – Matt Russell (Birmingham and Halesowen)

2nd – Connor Stowe (Ippon Ken)

3rd – Terry Povey (Ippon Ken)


Veterans Kata 50 years+  1st – Austin Birks (Birmingham and                Halesowen)

2nd – Susan Hession (Birmingham and Halesowen)

Pairs Kata

1st – Matt Russell/Daniel Eccles (Birmingham and Halesowen)

2nd – Nick Abbott/Sam Abbott (Ippon Ken)

3rd – Austin Birks/Jake Phipps (Birmingham and Halesowen)

Junior Team Kata

1st – Jake Phipps/Daniel Eccles/Joshua (Birmingham and Halesowen)

2nd – Gabriel HH/Louis HH/Adam Shaw (Ippon Ken)

3rd – Caleb Stowe/Skyla Baily/Luc Vignoles (Ippon Ken)

Senior Team Kata

1st – Melissa Daly/Lyndsey Daly/Christie Price (Birmingham and Halesowen)

2nd – Karen Stowe/Connor Stowe/Terry Povey (Ippon Ken)

3rd – Susan Hession/Austin Birks/Matt Russell (Birmingham and Halesowen)

Individual Kumite (Female) 7-12yrs to 3rd Kyu

1st – Hannah Weatherly (Minikami Bushido)

2nd – Katy Winget (Minikami Bushido)

Individual Kumite (Male) 7-12yrs to 4th Kyu

1st – Callum Kipp (Minikami Bushido)

2nd – Reece Lee (Bushido)

Individual Kumite (Female) 7-12 3rd to 1st Kyu

1st – Teegan Dodimead

2nd – Scarlett Bell

3rd – Charlie Nightingale

Individual Kumite (Male) 7-12 3rd to 1st Kyu

1st – Jake Phipps (Birmingham and Halesowen)

2nd – Ben Thomas (Minikami Bushido)

3rd – Adam Shaw (Ippon Ken)

Individual Kumite (Male) 18+ to 4th Kyu

1st – Ryan Carter (Ippon Ken)

2nd – Nigel Chaney (Ippon Ken)

3rd – Gaetan Didier (Ippon Ken)

Individual Kumite (Female) Dan Grades 15 and under

1st – Sam Abbott (Ippon Ken)

2nd – Skyla Baily (Ippon Ken)

3rd – Millie Thomson-Cox (Ippon Ken)

Individual Kumite (Female) Dan Grades 16+

1st – Lyndsey Daly (Birmingham and Halesowen)

2nd – Melissa Daly (Birmingham and Halesowen)

3rd – Karen Stowe (Ippon Ken)

Individual Kumite (Male) Dan Grades 16-20

1st – Andy Povey (Ippon Ken)

2nd – Connor Stowe (Ippon Ken)

Individual Kumite (Male) Dan Grades 21+

1st – Jason Elliman (Birmingham and Halesowen)

2nd – Richard Amuzu (Birmingham and Halesowen)

3rd – John Griffiths (Ippon Ken)

Team Kumite (Junior Males)

1st – Jake Phipps/Daniel Eccles/Joshua (Birmingham and Halesowen)

2nd – Benjamin Mo/Gabriel Hayes-Hamilton (Ippon Ken)

3rd – Callum Kipp/Ben Thomas (Minikami Bushido)

Team Kumite (Senior Males)

1st – Matt Russell/Jason Elliman/Richard Amuzu (Birmingham and Halesowen)

2nd – Connor Stowe/Nigel Chaney/Ryan Carter (Ippon Ken)

3rd – John Griffiths/Andy Povey/Gaetan Didier (Ippon Ken)



  • Oct 03 / 2013
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An interview with Sensei Cyril Cummins 3

Interviewed by Matt Russell 3rd Dan

Matt_RussellI find karate is the main focus of my day, to what extent and how does it affect yours?
I find it impacts a great deal, I have to think of my students and
set a program out for that evening to teach them, it is very im-
portant to me. In terms of my personal training, I supplement
my karate with weight training and good nutrition, but regular
training is so necessary. It certainly impacts on my life a great

Who was your favourite sensei to train under and why?
There was no favourite, they were all important. But the most prominent one was of course master Enoeda. Kenosuke Enoeda Sensei, he was very famous, a very strong man. There was also
Kanazawa Sensei who was brilliant. Another was Nakayama Sensei, who was the Head of JKA. As well as Osaka and Sensei Ohta, there were also British Senseis such as Andy Sherry and the hierarchy of the KUGB.

What was your most memorable fight?
For my fifth Dan grading perhaps, it was the nastiest, but mostly because it was so dangerous, so nasty, so painful. There was also my Shodan grading where I received a broken nose and some broken teeth. But all the fights were hard. Most of my opponents controlled their techniques but they were still hard and frightening, but we overcome that through training.

What is your favourite aspect of Shotokan Karate Do?
Kata. Kata and Bunkai. It’s the very essence of Karate-Do. Interwoven into kata are all the different techniques of karate. It is very important to understand your kata for self-defence. Freestyle fighting is also important to keep you sharp and strong, but kata is the soul of karate.

If you could repeat any of the past fifty years, and do anything differently what would you do?
Probably nothing, because the way I’ve come forward has led me to the knowledge I have today. It’s taken almost 50 years, but it’s been a voyage of discovery, some of it was hard, some of it was good, some of it bad but you’ve got to overcome these things, Never give in, Never give up.